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Flash Monster 2018 results!

30 Oct

Who made the cut?

After a grueling selection process, 10 stories have made it out alive. This marks our fifth Halloween contest, and while the quality of submissions always bowls us over, carving these tremendous entries down to a Top 10 was brutal. 

This contest saw a higher than average percentage of entries from American writers, but as always, we are thrilled to see submissions trickle in from around the globe. In addition to the States, we read work from writers stationed in Australia, Bahamas, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, and (of course) the U.K.

And now on to the good stuff…

 

The following writers had stories that made it through several rounds of cuts, but didn’t quite squeak into the Top 10.

Close-but-no-cigar shortlist shout-outs go to:

Sarah Barbet-Sawyer
Sean Barrett
Nathan Blixt
Alicia Bones
Andrew Bourelle
Gordon Brown
Michael Carter
Karolina Connolly
Celia Daniels
Christina Dalcher
Jaq Evans (2)
Robert Fael
Donna Greenwood
Wiebo Grobler 
Aaron Housholder
Anastasia Kirchoff
Mark Left

Matt Leibel
Emily Livingstone
Rachel McCafferty
Brianna McNish (2)
Chris Milam
Quentin Norris
Erin Perry Willis
James Potter
Timothy Roberts
David Rochon
Aeryn Rudel (2)
Jeffrey Spinazzola
Christopher Stanley
Alyssa Striplin
William Thompson
Kaleb Tutt
Margret Wiggins
Brian Wilson

The Top 10 that you’ll find below will be published in our forthcoming Flash Monster 2018 mega-issue, which will drop on Halloween. They will also be included in our annual Prize Winners Anthology print issue, to be published next year. 

10th Place – “The Scaredy Men” by S.E. Casey
9th Place – “Morkus” by Justin Eells
8th Place – “Sawdust” by James Turner
7th Place – “Ink” by Alpheus Williams
6th Place – “Manticore” by Stuart Airey
5th Place – “I’ve Seen the Other Shadow in the City” by Emma Miller
4th Place – “Indoors” by Travis Dahlke

 

And now on to the three stories that really blew us away.

 

3rd Place ($50)

“Our Immortal Night”
by Neil Clark

 

2nd Place ($100)

“The Lamppost Huggers”
by Christopher Stanley

 

1st Place ($200)

“Ursa Major”
by Jen Corrigan

 

Congrats to the winners and a huge thanks to everyone who participated in our Flash Monster 2018 contest! Always a pleasure to read your work, and we couldn’t host these contests without you.

Check back tomorrow for the Flash Monster mega-issue.

Flash Beast results

21 Aug

Who will emerge?

Without hyperbole, this was by far the most challenging contest we’ve ever judged here at Molotov HQ. The quality of submissions has never been higher, making even the Close-But-No-Cigar shortlist a challenge to crack with such fierce competition. 

We saw U.S. entries roll in primarily from the East and West Coasts, with some Midwest thrown for good measure (and a smattering of the landlocked West), and we were thrilled to also read submissions from writers stationed in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, India, Ireland, Israel, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.  

The following writers had stories that made it through several rounds of cuts, but didn’t quite squeak into the Top 10.

Close-but-no-cigar shortlist shout-outs go to:

Dmitri Akers
Kristopher Armstrong
Beth Bauman
Brook Bhagat
Mason Binkley
Andrew Bourelle
Andy Brown
Michael Carter
Travis Chambray
Christina Dalcher
Phillip Dixon
Mitchell Duran
Robert Fael
Justin Florey
Kate Garklavs
Jenna Gersie
Candace Hartsuyker
Nikki HoSang
Ama Kirchner

Levi Krain
Jennifer Lynn Krohn
Emily Laubham
Veronica Lavia
Rebecca Matteson
Emma Miller (2)
Emma Neale
David Northedge
Alexandra O’Neil
Alyn Spector
Christopher Stanley
Ernest Gordon Taulbee
Ingrid Taylor
Liza Taylor
Deanie Vallone
Alpheus Williams
Michael Worthington
Maura Yzmore
Angel Zapata

The Top 10 that you’ll find below will be published in our forthcoming Flash Beast mega-issue, which will drop on Monday, August 27th. They will also be included in our fourth-annual Prize Winners Anthology print issue, to be published in Fall 2018. 

“And now, here’s something we hope you’ll really like.”

10th Place – “The Spoils” by John Skewes
9th Place – “The Boy with Birds in His Heart” by Quentin Norris
8th Place – “Fish Brain Therapy” by Neil Clark
7th Place – “They Who Keep the Sky” by Travis Chambray
6th Place – “The Lions” by Alexandra O’Neil
5th Place – “Hunger” by Elinam Agbo
4th Place – “Bear Necessity” by Aeryn Rudel

 

And now on to those three stories that really separated themselves from the pack.

 

 

3rd Place ($50)

“Gutted”
by Barlow Adams

 

2nd Place ($100)

“Riding Deep Night”
by Alpheus Williams

 

1st Place ($200)

“Cocoon”
by Julia Pike

 

Congrats to the winners and a huge thanks to everyone who participated in our Flash Beast contest! Always a pleasure to read your work, and we couldn’t host these contests without you.

Check back on Monday for the Flash Beast mega-issue.

Shadow Award 2018 Results

14 Jul

Time to see who made the cut.

After an arduous judging process, we’ve got out Top 10 locked in. A very special thanks to the brilliant Mary Lenoir Bond who served as primary judge and made the tough calls. With such an impressive crop of dark and offbeat poetry, selecting winners is never easy. You took us to strange and surreal places with these poems, and we hope that the entries that didn’t make it into the Top 10 will find good homes. 

But you didn’t come here for me to go on and on. Let’s get to the goods.

Below you’ll find our short list. The following poets submitted entries that made it through several rounds of cuts, but didn’t quite squeak into the Top 10. 

Close-but-no-cigar short list shout-outs go to:

Stuart Airey
Kyrie Amos
Jonathan Bennett

Henri Bensussen
Zoe Canner
Alan Catlin

Jacob Chapman
F.E. Clark

John Cornelius
Rachel Creager Ireland
Mary D’Alleva
Dan Diehn
Ann DeVilbiss
Stephanie Ellis
Chris Fox
Susan Adler George

Erich Gerner
Christopher Goldsmith
Donna Greenwood
Anastasia Hinojosa
Russell Jackson
Shawn Klimek
J. J. Krill
Egon Lass

Gayle Lauradunn
Laura Lucas
Jen OConnor

Ken Poyner
Brett Roth
Allen Shadow (2)
Roni Slye
Dana Stamps, II

Corinne Stanley
Andrew Sutherland

Lazar Trubman
Kaleb Tutt
Lisa Werhan

The Top 10 that you’ll find below will be published in our forthcoming Shadow Award 2018 poetry mega-issue, which will run within the next couple of days. They will also be included in this fall’s fourth-annual Prize Winners Anthology print issue, which will feature the Top 10 finishers from our quarterly flash fiction contests as well. You can check out last year’s Prize Winners Anthology here.

10th Place – “Instructions for Finding a Lover” by David Gustavsen
9th Place – “Pond” by Alexander Lempke
8th Place – “All These Little Remonstrations” by Aurore Sibley
7th Place – “Crow Girl” by Erinn Batykefer
6th Place – “Necromancy” by Jennifer Wilson
5th Place – “Scarecrow” by December Lace
4th Place – “The Face in the Sea” by Liz Nakazawa

 

And now for those poems that really made us happy.

 


3rd Place
 ($50)

“Immersion Learning at the Museum”
by Laura J. Bobrow

 

2nd Place ($100)

“The Madwoman Who Called on My Wedding Day”

by Con Chapman

 

1st Place ($200)

“Lake Wife”

by Mary Haidri

Congrats to the winners, and a huge thanks to everyone who participated!
Check back soon for the Shadow Award 2018 mega-issue.

Killer Flash results

1 May

Apparently, you folks are a little morbid. We were thrilled to see so many unique angles taken on this contest’s death theme. Although, with such a strong turnout and such compelling writing, that made for cutthroat competition.

We saw entries pour in from 40 states here in the U.S. (get your act together, Wyoming, et al.) as well as from writers living in Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Malaysia, New Zealand, Thailand, Scotland, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, and Wales.

With such fierce competition, just making the shortlist required clearing quite a few hurdles. The following writers had stories that made it through several rounds of cuts, but didn’t quite squeak into the Top 10.

 

Close-but-no-cigar shout-outs go to:

Christopher Allen
Kristopher Armstrong
K.B. Carle
Spencer Chou
Nathan Coley
Joan Cooper
John Cornelius
Dwight Curtis
Tracy Davidson
Alex Ebel
Myles Ehrlich
Jeremy Goun
Ann Graham
Wiebo Grobler
June Guralnick
Timothy Johnson
Gaynor Jones
Sam Jowett
Robert Kaye
Raki Kopernik
Rick Krizman
Jose Medina
MJ McGinn
Chris Milam
Lawrence Morgan
James Murphy
Matt Paczkowski
Robert Penner
Erin Perry Willis
Jon Ross
R.A. Roth
Aeryn Rudel
Ryan Stone
Kaleb Tutt

 

The Top 10 that you’ll find below will be published in our forthcoming Killer Flash mega-issue, which will drop on Friday. They will also be included in our fourth-annual Prize Winners Anthology print issue, to be published in Fall 2018. 

Now check this out:

10th Place – “This House a Home” by Levi Krain
9th Place – “Incandescence” by Tom Weller
8th Place – “Baa Baa Black Sheep” by Tyler Dunning
7th Place – “Mama Always Said” by Roni Slye
6th Place – “Philosophy of Black Holes and Time Warps” by R.Gene Turchin
5th Place – “Bird’s Eye View” by Kathryn Burkett
4th Place – “Grief and Gravity” by Barlow Adams

 

And now on to those stories that really took our breath away.

 

 

3rd Place ($50)

“Animal Control”
by S.E. Casey

 

2nd Place ($100)

“What I Am Now”
by Alex Sobel

 

1st Place ($200)

“What We Find in the Guts of the Bodies
that the River Gives Us”

by Philip Webb Gregg

 

Congrats to the winners and a huge thanks to everyone who participated in our Killer Flash contest! It was a joy to read your work, and we couldn’t host these contests without you. Check back soon for the Killer Flash mega-issue. 

Flash Hero Results

31 Jan

Writing hero stories for a lit zine that emphasizes the dark and offbeat can be a tricky proposition. But once again, we were bowled over by the talent on display—your twisted imaginations took us to strange and surreal places. 

This contest involved some stiff competition, with many quality submissions rolling in from all over the globe. We read entries from writers in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, India, Ireland, Japan, the UK, and the USA. The following writers had stories that made it through several rounds of cuts, but didn’t quite squeak into the Top 10.

 

Close-but-no-cigar shout-outs go to:

James Agombar
Steve Bertolino
Michael Carter
Matthew Di Paoli
Jaq Evans
GJ Hart
Sean Hooks
Aj Jones
Artyv K
Aaron Katzmarek
Joy Kennedy-O’Neill
Emily Livingstone
Chris Milam
Emma Musty
Fred Nolan
Ville Nummenpää
Geoffrey Philp
Aeryn Rudel
Matt St. Hilaire
James Turner
Kaleb Tutt
Carlen Vigo

 

The Top 10 that you’ll find below will be published in our forthcoming Flash Hero mega-issue, which will drop within the next few days. They will also be included in a future Prize Winners Anthology print issue, to be published in Fall 2018. 

Now check this out:

10th Place – “Company Man” by Christina Dalcher
9th Place – “Tiresias in Manhattan” by Jim Nawrocki
8th Place – “The Magician Invents Fire” by Bailey Bridgewater
7th Place – “Let Me Tell You About Helen” by Lisa Beebe
6th Place – “Footsteps” by Aj Jones
5th Place – “Hiro” by Nancy Dassy
4th Place – “A Piece of Work (At First Manassas)” by Peter Parsons

 

And now on to those stories that really stuck the landing. 

 

3rd Place ($50)

“Superhero, Hollywood USA”
by Heidi Sterling

 

2nd Place ($100)

“Breaking the Chain”
by Faith Currie

 

1st Place ($200)

“Story of a Witch”
by Rebecca Matteson

 

Congrats to the winners and a huge thanks to everyone who participated in Flash Hero. It was a joy to read your work, and we couldn’t run these contests without you. Check back soon for the Flash Hero mega-issue! 

Volume 8, Issue 13

11 Dec

Some flash fiction this way comes. Whether its a lab-grown sibling, a monstrous minister, or threats to go get Carl if you don’t hand over the gas can, there’s something especially sinister about Issue 8.13. 

Peruse these strange and surreal stories, and then cook up something of your own for our #FlashHero contest, which runs until January. And keep an eye out for the release of our third annual Prize Winners Anthology, which is in its final proofing phase and will be available shortly. 

Little Sister

by Aeryn Rudel

Gloryville

by Christina Dalcher

Burn Barrel

by Alyssa Striplin

Volume 8, Issue 12

22 Nov

The specter of death hovers over Issue 8.12, with three small fictions that focus on mortality or the fleeting thrills of our ephemeral lives.

We’ve got our next quarterly contest, Flash Hero, up and running, so check that out and get cracking on an entry that subverts the typical hero, antihero, or villain tropes. Also, our third annual Prize Winners Anthology is in its final editing stages and will be available in December.

Transcendental 

by Tim Conley

Vision, Visitation

by Dylan Hopper

Bring Out Your Dead

by Kerry E.B. Black